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OWASP Minneapolis St Paul

Welcome to the Minneapolis St Paul chapter homepage. The chapter leader is [Kuai]


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September meeting: Tuesday, September 9 at 6:00 pm

Jeremiah Grossman: Get Rich or Die Trying - Making Money on The Web, The Black Hat Way

Forget Cross-Site Scripting. Forget SQL Injection. If you want to make some serious cash on the Web silently and surreptitiously, you don't need them. You also don't need noisy scanners, sophisticated proxies, 0-days, or ninja level reverse engineering skills -- all you need is a Web browser, a clue on what to look for, and a few black hat tricks. Generating affiliate advertising revenue from the Website traffic of others, trade stock using corporation information passively gleaned, inhibit the online purchase of sought after items creating artificial scarcity, and so much more. Activities not technically illegal, only violating terms of service.

You may have heard these referred to as business logic flaws, but that name really doesn't do them justice. It sounds so academic and benign in that context when the truth is anything but. These are not the same ol' Web hacker attack techniques everyone is familiar with, but the one staring you in the face and missed because gaming a system and making money this way couldn't be that simple. Plus IDS can't detect them and Web application firewalls can't black them. If fact, these types of attacks are so hard to detect (if anyone is actually trying) we aren't even sure how widespread their use actually is. Time to pull back the cover and expose what's possible.

Speaker Bio

Jeremiah Grossman is the founder and CTO of WhiteHat Security, considered a world-renowned expert in Web security, co-founder of the Web Application Security Consortium, and named to InfoWorld's Top 25 CTOs for 2007. Mr. Grossman is a frequent speaker at industry events including the BlackHat Briefings, RSA, ISACA, CSI, HiTB, OWASP, Vanguard, ISSA, Defcon, and a number of large universities. He has authored dozens of articles and white papers; is credited with the discovery of many cutting-edge attack and defensive techniques; and is a co-author of XSS Attacks. Mr. Grossman is frequently quoted in major media publications such as InfoWorld, USA Today, PCWorld, Dark Reading, SC Magazine, SecurityFocus, CNet, SC Magazine, CSO, and InformationWeek. Prior to WhiteHat he was an information security officer at Yahoo!


 6:00 pm - Introduction and Optional sign-in for CISSP credits
 6:10 pm - Welcome: OWASP chapter updates, conference announcement
 6:30 pm – Break
 6:45 pm – Jeremiah Grossman
 8:15 pm - Upcoming Events reminder and meeting wrap-up 


Minneapolis Community and Technical College
1501 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis
Whitney Center, Room L3100 (3rd Floor)


Park in the ramp (R) - move through the T building (T) and go to Whitney Hall (L).

Thank You

Center for Strategic Information Technology and Security for sponsoring our location.

We are still looking for a book give-away sponsor and for sponsors for upcoming meetings. Call Lorna at 651-338-0243 if you need directions or have questions.

Materials from the July 7 meeting (Gunnar Peterson - Breaking Web Services)

Handout for the presentation (PDF)

Video (1 of 2) of the presentation (Google Video - original aspect ratio)

Video (2 of 2) of the presentation (Google Video - distorted aspect ratio)

Other Upcoming Speakers:

Jeff Williams - We are in the process of organizing a mini conference in October 2008 and are pleased to announce that Jeff Williams has accepted our invitation to be our keynote speaker for this event. Jeff Williams is one of the founders of and is a board member of OWASP. He is also CEO of Aspect Security. Stay tuned for more details!


Videos of several past meetings are available at

Most recent videos:

Gunnar Peterson - Breaking Web Services - OWASP (MSP) - 7 July 2008 (Part 1 of 2 - original aspect ratio) (Part 2 of 2 - distorted aspect ratio)

Tony Stieber - How NOT to Implement Encryption for the OWASP Top 10 - OWASP (MSP) - 16 June 2008

Upcoming Events:

We are working on a mini conference in Minneapolis for the week of October 21st. We are still working on the logistics, but we promise this is going to be an interesting and unique event with lots of great speakers and opportunities to participate. Stay tuned for more information. Also, please feel free to submit suggestions for this event and post an email to the mailing list

We are looking for sponsors! Contact Kuai or Lorna if you are interested - any contributions to the local chapter would be highly appreciated.

DC612 meetings
2nd Thursday of the month

MN ISSA- Meets on Tuesday, September 16, 2008, at the Four Points Sheraton, 1330 Industrial Blvd. Mpls, MN. For more information on speakers and topics.

OWASP NYC AppSec 2008 Sept 24-25th - Don't miss the NYC AppSec conference!